Searching the Library Catalog

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20060816SearchingtheLibraryCatalog????beginswithThissearchtyperesultsinanalphabeticallistsuitableforbrowsing.Use????beginswithifyouknowthetitle,author,orsubjectoftheitemyouneed.Usethedropdownboxtoseeallthelistsyoucanbrowse. Thissearchalwaysmatchesthestringyouenteragainsttheindexpreciselystartingfromtheleft. Choosetheindexyouwanttobrowsethrough,andthenenterthetextfromwhichyouwouldliketobeginwith.Thistextwillappearatthetopofascrollablelist.Forexample,enteringthelettera willgiveyouanalphabeticalliststartingattheletter a.Enteringtheword greatwillgiveyouanalphabeticalliststartingwith great. Author (Lastname,Firstname):Whenyouselectanauthorsearch,youalwaysenterthelastnamefollowedbythefirstname. Thatis,ifyouknowthatErnestHemingwaywrotethebookyouareinterestedin,youwouldenterHemingwayErnestinthe"Entersearchterm(s)box. Titlebeginswith:Omitaanthewhentheyarethefirstwordinthetitle.Forexample,tosearchforTheCatcherintheRye,enterthesearchasCatcherintheRyeinthe"Entersearchterm(s)box Subject beginswith:SubjectbrowsesearchingallowsyoutolimitasearchtoitemsABOUTagiventopic.Thissearchrestrictsyoursearchtoapartofthebibliographicrecordthatcontainstermsfromacontrolledvocabulary.OurlibraryusestheLibraryofCongresssubjectheadings.Keyword:Usekeywordifyouarenotsureof exacttitles,subjects,authors,etc.Keywordsaresignificantoruniquewordsyouusetosearchforinformation.Resultsareretrievedfromspecificfieldsofanelectronicrecord. Lowercaseletterswillfindmatchesofcapitalizedwordsalso.Forexample,computerwillfindmatchesforcomputer,ComputerandCOMPUTER. YoumayusetheBooleanoperatorsANDandORinyoursearchstring.Forexample,youcouldtype(heartORcardiac)ANDsurgerytoretrieveallrecordshavingheartor cardiacinthem,togetherwiththewordsurgery. Usethe?charactertofindmatchesthatcontainportionsofwords.Forexample,gun?willretrievegun,guns,gunners,gunnery,gunning,etc.Inanotherexample,?ologywillretrieveanthropology,archaeology,psychology,etc.The?charactermayalsobeusedtofindvariantspellings.Forexample,alumi?mwillfindtheAmericanspelling,aluminum,andtheBritishspelling,aluminium.AdvanceSearch:AdvancedSearchletsyousearchthedatabaseforkeywords.Youcanusepulldownmenustospecifyfieldsandlimityoursearchbyyear,language,orformat.20060816Results:Thelistofrecordsappearsintheresultslistwindow.Whenyouenterasuccessfulsearchquery,orclickonanunderlinedentryfromthebrowselist,aResultsListisdisplayed.TheResultsListcandisplayupto5000records.TheResultsListshowshowmanyrecordssatisfyyourqueryspecifications.EachrecordinaResultsListissequentiallynumbered.Thesearchresultscanbedisplayedindifferentformats. Creatingasubsetallowsyoutoworkwithagroupofrecordsselectedfromaresultset. Markrecordsintheresultslist,andthenclickCreateSubset.Theresultslistwillthendisplayonlytherecordsyouhaveputinthesubset. Filteringresultsallowsyoutoviewasubsetofyourcurrentsearchresultsusingdefinedlimitssuchaspublicationyear,availability,rangeofdata(alphabetical,numeric,andsoon),andthedatetherecordwasaddedtothecollection. Refineallowsyoutobroadenornarrowyoursearchstrategybyexpandingyourterminologyorcreatingsubsetsofyoursearch. Sortoptionsallowyoutosortrecordsusingpredefinedsortoptions.Search History:Youcanviewtheresultsofprevioussearches,incorporatethem intonewsearches,orcombinethemintooneresultset.View Record:FromtheResultsList,clickontherecordnumbertoseethefullrecordforyouritem.Inthefullviewofarecordyoucanseetherecordinavarietyofforms(standard,catalogcard,citation,nametags,MARCtags).Fullviewhaslinksallowingyoutojumpto: ABrowseList Other,similarrecords,forexampleotherrecordsthatsharethesamesubject HoldingsinformationHoldings/Location:Theholdingsinformation tellsyouwhethertheitemisavailablebydisplayingtheitemstatus,duedate,collectionandcallnumberandotherdescriptiveinformation.Thelocationinformationgivesyouholdingsinformationbasedonthecampusyouselect.Help? Askforassistancefromalibrarystaffmember. UsethehelpbuttoninVCCSLinc. Online?UseourAskALibrarianserviceonourhomepage.

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